There are several different types of hurricane shutters. There are Accordion shutters, Bahama shutters, Storm panels, Roll Down shutters and Hurricane Fabric to name a few. We noticed that most fabric shutters failed in Hurricane Odile. Mostly because the clamps that were drilled into the concrete walls became unattached. If you are looking for shutters that are easy to open and close, I would recommend Accordion Shutters. These shutters are great for security also because you can close them within minutes and they have locks attached to them. Accordion Shutters can be costly, so some homeowners choose Storm Panels as a cheaper alternative. Keep in mind that Storm Panels do take time to install and you need a place to store the panels when they are not installed.
If you are adventurous like myself and looking for a challenge, you can order these shutters yourself and save about half the cost that dealers in Mexico are charging. Most dealers in Mexico are ordering shutters from Florida and it takes about 3 months before they will install your shutters. I decided to tackle this myself! I contacted Mike at www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.com 1-866-985-0497 He explained to me how to measure my doors and windows. I took photographs of each window and emailed him my measurements and photos. I called Mike and discussed what I wanted. I was able to choose the type of shutter, color, the way I wanted it to open and interior/exterior locks. I was able to customize my shutters the way that I wanted them.
Once I placed the order with Hurricane Shutters Florida, it took them about 2 weeks to fabricate my order. They then put my order on a large pallet and had Conway Freight ship them to San Diego, CA. It took about 4 days for them to arrive in San Diego, CA from Florida. Once in San Diego, they were delivered to an exporter of my choice. (See previous post on "shipping" for exporter companies) The exporter that I used for this shipment was ACV Logistics. Within a few days, my hurricane shutters arrived at my home. Everything was on the pallet, wrapped, secured and labeled for each window.
I am not handy so I contacted several companies that sold hurricane shutters to see if I could find a crew to install my shutters. I wanted someone that was familiar with installing Accordion Shutters. I contacted Hans Ziervogel with Hurricane Solutions Cabo. His crew was able to install my shutters the next day and they did a fabulous job! I can not say enough about his company. Hans is an architect and manager of Hurricane Solutions Cabo. He speaks English and is very reliable. If you aren't up for the challenge like I was, I would recommend calling Hurricane Solutions Cabo to have your Hurricane Shutters ordered and installed. Their contact information is:
Hurricane Solutions Cabo
You can also send them a message on facebook at www.facebook.com/hurricane.shutters.cabo/
After everything was complete, we realized we saved about HALF the cost to do it ourselves! Originally we had gotten a quote from a company in Cabo for order and install of Storm Panels. Accordion Shutters are about double the cost of Storm Panels. By ordering them ourselves, we paid the cost that was quoted for Storm Panels. We did not want Storm Panels because we had nowhere to store them and wanted to "lock and leave" quick and easily. I can only imagine the arguments that my husband and I would get into trying to figure out how to install the Storm Panels! Now the Accordion Shutters are installed and I was able to close them myself. No help needed! They not only protect us from a hurricane, they are giving us security.
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